Homeless Maddie Heath has caused nothing but trouble for the Websters since she made her Corrie debut on Christmas Day. Having stolen Sally’s handbag and then been outwitted by Sophie Webster, Maddie is to make an even bigger impression in an upcoming episode.
After Sophie works out that Maddie broke in to No 4 in order to take back Sally’s watch, the two girls end up rowing. Maddie reveals that she needs money for her little brother, but can Sophie be sure that she’s telling the truth?
Later, Sophie will be left alarmed after Maddie arrives at the shelter sporting a bruised face. But when Sophie offers help, she ends up getting more than she bargained for. Here, actress Amy Kelly reveals how Sophie and Maddie’s relationship will blossom over the coming weeks and why a showdown leads to a shock kiss:
Can you tell us a bit about Maddie’s background and circumstances?
Yes, she’s been kicked out of home by her mum, so she’s homeless. Her mum has a mental illness and Maddie has definite trust issues – she struggles to let people in.
Does she still have contact with her mum?
Occasionally - she tries to send her mum money when she can. So when she makes the deal with Sophie to return Sally’s watch in exchange for 50 pounds, she wants the money to send back to her mum.
How old is she?
She’s 17, so she doesn’t go to school and is a bit of a lone wolf. She doesn’t really have any friends. As soon as people start to care about her she pushes them away. Maddie is suspicious of most people and she’s always wary of their intentions.
What does Maddie think about Sophie after their initial encounters?
Sophie intrigues Maddie. Sophie’s massively determined to get to know her and Maddie can’t get her head around that. She’s never had that much attention before, certainly not positive attention anyway. Maddie doesn’t really know what to do with it. I think Maddie has met her match a little bit. Nobody has ever stood up to her before, so maybe that’s why Sophie’s different.
So does Maddie think it could be the start of something serious with Sophie?
I think so. Maddie will start to feel as though she’s lucky for once. Sophie is adamant she will soften Maddie, and I think Maddie really admires that.